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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Mucho Macho Man Completes Whitney Preparations

Mucho Macho Man 615 X 400
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Multiple Grade 2 winner and 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Mucho Macho Man completed his serious preparations for next Saturday's Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap with a five-furlong breeze Saturday morning.

 

In his third local work, the 5-year-old son of Macho Uno was clocked in 1:02.18 over the main track for trainer Kathy Ritvo. On July 20, he went five-eighths in 1:01.61.

 

"He breezed great this morning, and he came back great," Ritvo said. "It was a very good move today. He's been very consistent with his works, and is just feeling great."

 

Mucho Macho Man is coming off a third-place finish in the Criminal Type overnight stakes at Belmont Park on June 14. Ritvo drew a parallel to last year, when Mucho Macho Man was third in the Grade 2 Alysheba and then came back with a solid victory in the Grade 2 Suburban Handicap, his most recent win.

 

"I think he's going to run really good this race," Ritvo said. "He's just doing so well. He's going into all his works good, and coming out of all his works good. He's had a very consistent schedule, and his attitude has been great. He's just doing very well."

 

With a record of 6-5-5 and earnings of $2,365,410 in 20 career starts, Mucho Macho Man is still seeking his first Grade 1 victory. In addition to the Breeders' Cup Classic, he was second by a neck in the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga last summer.

 

"The Whitney is a great, great race to win," Ritvo said. "If we can be that blessed and get that lucky, it would be fantastic."

 

 

 

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Tell me about it. :)
midway through the stretch you could see that Fort Larned was not going to stop.
EP, I was in my living room doing the same thing. Had $40 to win on MMM. Don't know about you, but I was counting my winnings at the top of the stretch. :) Fort Larned was way too tough.
EP Taylor- thats funny I had a little wager on him also and had my little section yelling "mucho-mucho" in the home stretch as well,
same. Fort Larned all the way. unless he dumps a rider again.
If he win's I'd be shocked
He is my top 3 favorite handicap horse down in the US. when he is on, he is on. But he is inconsistent, and his race placements do make one scratch the head. I lost my voice the Classic last Nov during the stretch run. He just couldn't get by a game as heck Fort Larned.
Ive always liked this colt. I never really understood his conections placements in races. I hope he finally gets his G1 win.

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